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Wii Preview - 'Wii Fit'

by Rainier on Jan. 1, 2006 @ 1:30 a.m. PST | Filed under E3 - Post - E3 2007

Genre: Fitness/Mini-Games
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Release Date: TBA 2008

It must be an odd time to be a hardcore Nintendo fanboy. After a decade of playing second fiddle to the likes of Sony (and more recently, Microsoft), Nintendo is flying high on the success of the Wii and Nintendo DS. But in crafting these blockbusters, the company is, in some ways, turning its back on the old guard of Nintendo fans.

Nowhere was this more evident than at the E3 Media & Business Summit in Santa Monica, where next month's Metroid Prime 3: Corruption was kept

'Holly Hobbie & Friends' (NDS) - Features & Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 1, 2006 @ 1:30 a.m. PST | Filed under E3 - E3 2007 - July 13th

Do you have what it takes to be a member of the “Hey Girls Club?” Now girl gamers on the go can find out in Holly Hobbie & Friends for the Nintendo DS! Play as Holly Hobbie in 14 fun mini-games that involve Holly’s best friends and family. You can even use your journal to record your daily activities and test yourself with Holly Hobbie trivia!

Features:

  • Based on the contemporized brand from American Greetings that includes: toys; DVDs; storybooks; craft

X360/PC Preview - 'Universe at War: Earth Assault'

by Rainier on Jan. 1, 2006 @ 1:30 a.m. PST | Filed under E3 - Post - E3 2007

Genre: RTS
Publisher: SEGA
Developer: Petroglyph
Release Date: October 2007

There are certain beats you can comfortably expect a space RTS to hit. There will be a number of factions that handle more or less like the StarCraft factions. Some noble humans fighting to save their planet or race are going to be the heroes. There will be some friendly aliens, and some truly nasty ones to serve as the bad guys. If you win in the story mode, you probably save the galaxy ... at least until the sequel. Most of your gameplay involves obsessing

NDS Preview - 'Looney Tunes: Duck Amuck'

by Rainier on Jan. 1, 2006 @ 1:30 a.m. PST | Filed under E3 - Post - E3 2007

Genre: Mini-Games
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive
Developer: Warner Bros. Interactive
Release Date: Q4 2007

"Good" is not a word that springs to mind when one things about a Looney Tunes game. In fact, you are more likely to think about eye-searing pain. The track record of the Looney Tunes license in games is probably one of the most shameful this side of the Simpsons (who never got to star in a good game until 2003's Simpsons Hit & Run, after well over 10 years of duds). It got off to a ragingly awful start with Kemco's

'Blast Works: Build, Fuse & Destroy' (Wii) - Features & Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 1, 2006 @ 1:30 a.m. PST | Filed under E3 - E3 2007 - July 13th

Whether it’s by land, sea or air, Blast Works: Build, Fuse & Destroy challenges you to a frenetic geometric battle! As you destroy your opponents, your can absorb their parts and use them to make your own ship bigger and stronger. In addition, level and plane editors let you customize and design to your liking. With bright, abstract graphics and fast-paced action, this “sticky” creative shooter based on the Tumiki Fighters online game will suck you in for the long haul.

X360 Preview - 'Naruto: Rise of a Ninja'

by Rainier on Jan. 1, 2006 @ 1:30 a.m. PST | Filed under E3 - Post - E3 2007

Genre: Open World/3D Fighter
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Release Date: October 2007

There was once no greater a dire sentence to offer a games writer than "cover a Naruto game." They were almost universally decent, workmanlike fighters, with some of the portable titles skewing into the truly dire range. They lacked depth, and beyond listing out which characters were playable and which weren't, there was really not much to be said about them (let alone the 500-1,000 words most employers expect). It would be fine if you could turn in a character list, collect your paycheck,

'Fish Tycoon' (NDS) - Facts & Features

by Rainier on Jan. 1, 2006 @ 1:30 a.m. PST | Filed under E3 - E3 2007 - July 13th

Fish Tycoon is a fish-breeding sim with an entrepreneurial twist. Raise your fish in real-time virtual aquariums then crossbreed them however you see fit to create all-new, super unique breeds. Open your fish store and sell your fish to raise money for supplies, medicine, and special chemicals while researching new technologies or investing in advertising. Find the correct genetic combination needed to make each of the “Seven Magic Fish” and become the ultimate Fish Tycoon!

Features

  • Based on the leading online and PC game from Big Fish Games that won the 2006 iParenting Media Award and ranked in the top

'WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008' (NDS/PSP/PS2/Wii/PS3/X360) - Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 1, 2006 @ 1:30 a.m. PST | Filed under E3 - E3 2007 - July 12th

PS2

WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008 will let players take the fight into their own hands with the debut of Superstar Fighting Styles. The game features eight unique styles, each having its own strategy and exclusive attributes. A brand new Struggle Submission System will give players intuitive and natural control over their WWE Superstars by using the game's

'Kengo: Legend of the 9' (X360) - Features & Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 1, 2006 @ 1:30 a.m. PST | Filed under E3 - E3 2007 - July 13th

In feudal Japan, it was kill or be killed for the samurai. Kengo: Legend of the 9 lets you battle as one of nine famous samurai warriors while mastering expert techniques to gain an advantage over your foes. Become a Kengo Master as you fight your way through lush, high-definition Japanese environments.

Features

  • Play as any of nine real samurai warriors from history: Musashi Miyamoto, Jubei Yagyu, Sanako Chiba,

'Furu Furu Park' (Wii) - Features & Screens

by Rainier on Jan. 1, 2006 @ 1:30 a.m. PST | Filed under E3 - E3 2007 - July 13th

Furu Furu Park is a unique arcade experience that features 30 different mini games that all take advantage of the range of motion possible via Wii Remote play. You can also impress the girls in the Love Challenge or take on a friend in three multiplayer modes!